As the government shutdown continues into its eleventh day, I continue to urge House Speaker John Boehner to put legislation on the Floor to reopen the entire government and end this unnecessary and costly shutdown. I share the frustration of federal employees, government contractors, small business owners, working families and others affected by the shutdown, and I am also concerned by the threat of defaulting on our debt, another important deadline that is quickly approaching. Congress must take bipartisan action to re-open the government and ensure our nation pays its bills. In a recent blog post, I wrote:
“There is a way we can end this shutdown right away. Three times, the Senate has passed a compromise measure to reopen the government at funding levels asked for by House Republicans. Yet Republicans, who control which bills can come to the Floor for a vote, have refused to allow a single vote on the Senate’s legislation. Speaker Boehner often says that the House ought to be permitted the chance to work its will, and I believe if the House were able to do so a majority of the Representatives would vote in favor of the Senate’s measure to re-open the government. Instead, the House of Representatives is fiddling while our people and our democracy are suffering and disgusted with their government.
“At the same time, we are facing another approaching deadline that we must address in the coming days. The Treasury Department has warned that Congress must act by October 17th to ensure that our country has the ability to pay the bills it has already accrued. I’m hopeful that the House will act responsibly and without delay to give our economy, businesses, families, our financial markets, and the world the certainty they need and deserve that America will not default on its obligations for the first time in its history.
“For the sake of our working families and our economy, it’s our responsibility to re-open the government and ensure our nation pays its bills on time. I continue to urge my colleagues to work in a bipartisan way to end the shutdown and prevent a default as soon as possible. Following action on these two critical issues, I would hope that all parties will come together to work toward a big, balanced agreement on long-term fiscal issues that can end the uncertainty for our economy and set our nation back on a fiscally sustainable path.”
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. My office is open to help constituents to the best of our ability during the shutdown, and I encourage you to visit my website for more information.